Saturday, 20 January, 2018

Disney, Trump At Odds Over Hall Of Presidents

Cinderella's Castle at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista Fla. is seen on Friday Jan. 26,2006 Cinderella's Castle at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista Fla. is seen on Friday Jan. 26,2006
Preston Stone | 29 June, 2017, 09:00

After all, President Trump danced at the January inaugural ball to Frank Sinatra's "My Way", and his communication team made it very clear he meant to write and record the speech his way.

Today, Vice's website, Motherboard, published an online story regarding the delayed opening of The Hall of Presidents at Walt Disney World. "We ask that Walt Disney World take a stand against divisive and hurtful rhetoric and have the backs of millions of Americans and people worldwide whose day would be ruined by the depiction of a speech by Donald Trump". And that would mean Disney would be forced to edit or change the speech, or rewrite it altogether-or even reopen the attraction with no President Trump.

The company is pushing back against reports that Trump's figure wouldn't have a speaking part in the show, which features figures of all US presidents.

Following a statement from Disney and an editorial review by the outlet, however, it seems these reports weren't accurate.

President Trump holds a rally with supporters on June 21, 2017.

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According to the report, Disney officials are anxious Trump will soon use Twitter to voice his displeasure.

Other than comments from Disney CEO Bob Iger, this is the first official comment regarding the exhibit since it closed early this year for renovations. "We have been working closely with the current White House - just as we have with previous administrations - and the president's recording session has been scheduled", the Disney Parks blog said.

No details were available on what Trump will say. But instead, according to a source close to Magic Kingdom management, the Trump communications team has been combative and obstinate, upsetting an established process that three prior presidential administrations found amenable.

Prior to 1993, the show simply ended with a speech delivered by an animatronic Abraham Lincoln, as recited by a voice actor. In addition to Trump's likeness, Smith says the Hall of Presidents will be returning with "a complete theater upgrade including a new sound system, lighting and high-definition projection system".

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